Welcome to Knowles Lodge, luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in the the heart of Wharfedale, between Appletreewick and Barden, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
A family house built in 1938/9, we have lovingly restored and refurbished the magnificent Canadian-style ranch house and created a stylish, attractive, comfortable and tranquil oasis for our guests. Set on a natural plateau and surrounded by 16 acres of meadow and woodland, Knowles Lodge enjoys breathtaking views in every direct ion, but in particular, over Black Park and towards Simon’s Seat.
We’re within easy reach of some of the Yorkshire Dales’ most spectacular beauty spots and surrounded by places of valuable historical heritage. The location is perhaps unsurpassed in Wharfedale.
Knowles Lodge is a perfect first night stop for Dales Way walkers starting from Ilkley. The ROUTE runs through our bottom meadow and wood alongside the River Wharfe, the natural South-West boundary to the estate. To save you walkers packing and unpacking each night we’re more than happy to pick you up from Ilkley and run you back to the start the following morning – this gives you two nights with us and saves baggage carrying charges too. We have, on occasion, happily made a similar arrangement for the day after. Whether you want to walk, cycle, fish or simply relax and enjoy the scenery, you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.
Knowles Lodge is licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies and provides a unique setting in glorious surroundings. We offer exclusive use of the house and grounds to wedding parties and, bearing in mind that in England civil wedding ceremonies have to take place in a permanent building, the opportunity to be married on the covered terrace with its amazing views is perhaps unique.
In good weather you’ll be welcomed with tea on the classic verandah; when it’s cold you’ll sit in front of an open fire in the sitting room. A lovely collection of contemporary paintings by artists including Peter Brook, Joash Woodrow, Alistair Colley & Rolf Harris are displayed around the house against a backdrop of four charmingly decorated bedrooms including three on the ground floor, each with an en-suite bathroom.
There’s a comfortable sitting room as well as a small TV room with a wide selection of DVD's. Fine linen, large soft towels in the bathrooms and tea trays in the bedrooms providing a selection of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits & fresh milk all help to make you feel at home here.
Breakfasts use the freshest local ingredients and start with freshly squeezed orange juice (Chris estimates that he’s squeezed in excess of 30,000 oranges since he and Pam first started!).
The garden is a delight with a magnificent blanket of bluebells in the spring.